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By Joe Gurner / Blackmur Library
WATER VALLEY – February is going to be a busy month for Blackmur Memorial Library with a number of programs and activities for our patrons.
Winter weather may not affect the residents of the Hundred Acres Woods, but it did impact the library’s plans last month to celebrate its most famous resident.
Winnie The Pooh Day, which was originally planned for January has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 22. The programs will be at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Parents can bring their children by for Winnie The Pooh story time, pin the tail on Eeyore and enjoy other fun activities.
Winnie The Pooh Day is celebrated on January 18, which is the birthday of creator Milne, who was born in 1883 and it was almost a century ago the cuddly bear and his friends first appeared in print. Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and all their friends were based on the toys the author A.A. Milne’s son had as a child. In the stories his son is portrayed as Christopher Robin.
Parents can also register for a Winnie The Pooh story book giveaway. One winner will receive a hardback edition of Winnie The Pooh: The Classic Edition, written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by E.H. Shepard. Come by the library before or on the day of the event to enter and the winner will be drawn Friday, February 23 and the winner contacted.
Also in February, the library will host a program for Black History Month by Calvin Hawkins, author of “Under the Dusty Sand,” which chronicles the history and contributions of African Americans in Yalobusha County. Hawkins will speak at noon Wednesday, February 21, and there will be a question and answer session following. Refreshments will be served.
On going through Valentine’s Day February 14, parents can bring their kids by to make their own Valentine’s Day Card. The library will have craft supplies set up so kids, with their parent’s help, can make their own creation to give to that someone special in their life.
Finally, from Monday February 26 through Thursday, February 29, parents can come by and pick up a Leap Day activity pack for their kids. It will include puzzles, coloring sheets and fun facts about why we have an extra day every four years.
If you’ve been visiting the library over the past several years, you may also notice a familiar face has returned. Debra Maynor, who worked at the library for several years before the pandemic has returned to the staff as a part-time assistant. So come by the library and say hello.
If you have any questions about the activities planned for February, please feel free to contact the library at (662)473-2444 or email at blackmur
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also come by the library Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m